View Full Version : Skyward Chariot - Levels 289 - 294

07-11-13, 03:56 PM
Phew finally some forward (or should i say upward) progress!

this new region looks like it has some new interesting takes on digging levels so far :)

Level 289... digging moves level with super dirt and white blocks


so as you can see the board is separated by 3 regions. The board won't move down until you clear an entire region. By the time you get to the last region, the entire board won't be visible yet, so it'll move down as you dig. so this first level wasn't too bad. I think it took me a couple tries to pass it.

07-11-13, 04:42 PM
Hint: I'll be very interested to see what y'all have to say about 289, 290, and 293 :)

07-11-13, 05:03 PM
Level 290... timed digging level with super dirt and black jewels


this one is slightly harder than level 289 for me. i usually make it to the 3rd region and somewhat close to the goal line, but i always run out of time. but sometimes i don't even make it past the 1st region! not that easy to make special jewels to dig through the super dirt, and the black jewels aren't helping either. Nevertheless i'm having fun with this new style! still working on this :)

07-11-13, 05:09 PM
Hint: I'll be very interested to see what y'all have to say about 289, 290, and 293 :)

i think levels 289 and 290 feel like you have 3 mini digging levels in one! haha. In 289 i was desperately trying to make some vertical blasters to start digging past the goal line, but no dice!! i'll for sure try that if i ever get close to passing again :p

p.s. love your avatar pic!

07-11-13, 05:23 PM
Whoa! Those are some crazy designs! It'll be awhile before I get to see them firsthand, but these boards seem a little mind-blowing! :O I'm trying to visualize how they work, but guess I'm not getting it (that's okay--got a loooong way to go, lol! Besides, I may never get past 244--I'm SO stuck!)

07-11-13, 05:38 PM
I'm a big softy when it comes to our good friend Bean Dog :cool:

Keep up the good work, Jewelites (is that what we're called?)!

07-12-13, 09:31 PM
Level 291... fire moves level with lock & chain and crates


There are 2 sets of lock & chain. One is in the center with 2 different colored locks both with counts of 24. So this will probably unlock first. The other set spans across the bottom of the board and has 2 different colored locks both with counts of 45 (these colors are always different from the other set of locks & chain). Again the colors of locks will change from round to round. after you unlock either of these 2 areas, the fire will not spread until you break one of the crates. each of my tries, i pretty much unlocked the middle first. then tried to contain the fire in the middle as much as possible, while trying to get the other lock & chain to unlock. i passed this by containing the fire to only the bottom row. And then i was able to make a horizontal blaster and get it to drop to the bottom row and then activate. I made my moves very carefully and methodically. i was just lucky to get the jewels in the right places to make that happen :D but this def took me more than a few tries

07-12-13, 09:58 PM
Level 292... digging moves level with super dirt, restricted jewels, and white blocks


ooh pretty diagonal pattern all the jewels and dirt are making :) this level was fun for me because there were plenty of special jewel making opportunities: bombs, blasters, and diamonds. And you know, that's always fun! 14 meters felt like a long dig down, but i managed to get it down in a few tries. I got at least a few bomb + blaster combos, those were really effective in this level. I tried to focus my efforts on blasting the super dirt and even the restricted jewels. Releasing the restricted jewel area will allow you to have more of a playable board to create horizontal blasters, which you need to dig down through the layers of super dirt.

07-13-13, 01:11 AM
Level 293... digging moves level with super dirt and snakes


another 3-parter digging level! this level was fun and challenging. when i got to the bottom region, i killed all the snakes and then it told me "Goal Complete!" i still had some super dirt leftover.. but before i ran out of moves, i was able to get rid of the last bits of dirt. so i'm not sure if i would've passed without breaking all the dirt in the last region right above the goal line. :confused:

oh well!! i'm just glad to have passed it :D

and of course had to make a lot of bomb+blasters to dig down and kill the snakes. one more level to go and i'll be on my way

07-13-13, 01:16 AM
Level 294... timed fire level with crates


bleh fire again. tricky spots to get is the bottom row. i usually get the fire down to a few flames, but i haven't been able to make a bomb + blaster combo or diamond + blaster combo to get those hard to reach areas at the bottom. gotta move really fast since there's only 0:55 on the clock!!! i want to get a move on to the next region already!!!! but i had a lot of fun with the other digging levels in this region :D

08-03-13, 01:42 AM
Level 289: 20 meters in 55 moves (5JC.) Wow, it's very strange...these split-up boards. Didn't understand how they worked until I played. I'm still a little fuzzy, even though I passed on my first try, lol. ;) It's pretty fun--just takes getting some used to. :p These boards are different in that it doesn't scroll until you clear the entire section--even the bottom row. (Usually digging levels scroll when just 1 row's on screen.)

Something weird happened, though. Not sure if it's a glitch or what. :confused: After I used a blaster + bomb in the 2nd area, it scrolled down to the 3rd area. But it looked like this 1st photo:
http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag81/Beadsbykat/747e72fd-f15d-472a-a367-ea3cdde03ae2_zps83baef79.jpg http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag81/Beadsbykat/1cbe20c8-8a3f-40a9-b2f5-cc35fea533cc_zpsd3cb4118.jpg

An entire column was missing, and never did fill in. I was able to pass with it like that, though (made another blaster + bomb at the bottom to clear everything.) Hmmm, wonder why the jewels wouldn't fill-in?

08-03-13, 02:14 AM
Level 290: Dig 22 meters in 3:15 (5JC.) This is really hard! The fact that it won't scroll until the entire area's cleared makes super dirt even tougher than before. Usually if you have a stubborn piece, you can get it to fall by digging under, then worry about it later. But you don't have that luxury here. I never made it out of the first area/region during my first attempt...one block of super dirt kept it from scrolling. Did slightly better my 2nd round (got into 2nd area, but still pretty pathetic.) :p Hopefully more "practice" will help me progress. Not sure I like the timed version of this (but not a "timed" fan, anyway.) ;) 20 seconds added to the clock since last month, but I'm gonna need a lot more help than that, lol! Help!

08-03-13, 11:03 PM
Took lots of tries, but I finally passed 290. Good old blaster + bomb combos did the trick, plus a diamond that activated a horizontal blaster at the perfect time. It's important to have the right specials/combos when you need them bcuz you cannot progress until every block of dirt/super dirt is cleared. It feels strange, since we're used to the screen scrolling when it gets to just one row. But not with these levels--even at the goal line. The time is really tight on this, too. If you're like me, though, you'll get better at it with practice & eventually get a luckier board (that has the special jewels you need.)

08-03-13, 11:48 PM
Level 291: 16 fire in 65 moves (5JC.) They added 5 moves since the orig. post. It's pretty challenging--haven't gotten very close to passing yet. There are plenty of moves to get the lock and chain (L&C) open. But the flames at the bottom are very difficult to reach. A little more practice & some luck, though, and I can beat this level. In the meantime, I'm enjoying this..a great game at my own pace! :)

08-04-13, 03:56 AM
Passed 291 w/diamond + blaster & blaster + bomb combos, as well as some perfect matches near the flames at the bottom. This level took a little luck...not bad though, for a fire level, lol! Naw, I don't mind fire when it's a moves level. Mostly "moves" on this island--love it! ;)

Level 292: Dig 14 meters in 90 moves (5JC.) Passed this one on my first attempt. Used lots of horizontal blasters (as Aileeni mentioned,) as well as several blaster + bomb combos. Fun level!

Level 293: Dig 22 meters in 75 moves (5JC.) This level's fun bcuz you can make lots of special jewels. Diamonds are awesome for the snakes, and blasters/blaster + bomb combos for the dirt. Still getting tripped-up too long on some areas waiting to clear 1 or 2 blocks of dirt (gotta get thru faster!) I've made it to the 3rd region most rounds, just not enough moves to finish.

Changes~ 292: +15 moves; 293: +10 moves

08-04-13, 04:24 PM
Finally got a round on 293 where it all came together. Didn't use as many combos as on other rounds, mostly blasters instead (horiz. blasters for snakes, plus a diamond or 2.) At the end, I had one snake left, but I "reached the goal" regardless. I guess killing snakes doesn't matter if there's no dirt underneath them(?) :)

These 3-region digging layouts are fun, with a few differences. For ex., it doesn't help to make "extra" special jewels. Normally on digging levels I make all the blasters, bombs, & diamonds I can. But on this type, if I'm nearly through an area, I only make what I think I need (esp. on moves levels.) No use using a move to make a diamond, cuz when the screen scrolls down--it's gone! The jewels don't seem to move from section to section...

08-04-13, 04:46 PM
Level 294: 16 fire in 1:15 (5JC.) Darn, the fun's over. :( Up to now, this island's been pretty awesome...with moves levels and a pretty fun timed digging level. But this timed fire level is fast & difficult. The flames at the bottom are super hard-to-reach. I'm not quite sure how to get them out. This is gonna take some time to get used to the board and hopefully they'll add more time to the level (they added 20 seconds since original post.) I'll also hope for perfect fire-extinguishing matches at the bottom and a good ol' blaster + bomb combo low on one side to blow out the whole mess! ;)

08-04-13, 06:58 PM
294: The crates near the bottom on the left & right make it even harder to reach the flames. I haven't had time to break them in any of my attempts so far, and it's the only way to get direct access to the bottom row fire. But there's no time; I spend the whole time fighting the "active" fire, breaking the other crates, & creating special jewels (hoping I can combine them in a good spot.) For anyone who's passed this--did you break those crates on left/right? Or did you blast them from above? (Or just get lucky with diamond + blaster, etc.?) ;)

Btw: speaking of diamond + blaster combos, does anyone know what determines the type of blasters created? When you swap a diamond with a blaster, it changes every jewel of the blaster's color into a blaster. Usually most of the created blasters are either row or column blasters, with a couple of the opposite type thrown in. What determines getting mostly horizontal row blasters, for example? If you swap a diamond with a row blaster, do you get mostly row (horiz.) blasters? Or is it the way you swap--like if you swipe horizontally, do you get a majority of row blasters? I was trying to figure it out last time I combo'd, but my theory at the time didn't make sense. Anyone know for sure, or is it just random? :confused:

08-04-13, 07:20 PM
OK, well as soon as I posted the above, I played another 294 round. Wouldn't you know, I passed with a diamond + blaster! (Whoo-hoo!) The blaster was blue, & I had lots of blue jewels on the board. So it wiped out every flame. I swapped a column (vertical) blaster with the diamond, and most of the created blasters were vertical/column jewels. But I'm pretty sure I swiped vertically, as well. So I didn't get an answer to my question (above.) ;) Oh well, I'm sure I'll have more opportunities, or hopefully someone will post the answer here.

Now I'm off to The Phoenix Prison (http://forums.storm8.com/showthread.php?55574-The-Phoenix-s-Prison-Levels-295-300). Hope it's more fun than its name sounds, lol! ;)

05-28-16, 10:15 PM
Use diamonds to get rid of snakes. and DO NOT MAKE DIAMOND+BLASTER COMBO!!!!